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Be Safe in the Turkey Woods
-- Hunter safety while turkey hunting is serious business. I know this because I’m a conservation officer who has seen the unfortunate results of some tragic turkey hunting accidents. For the last 33 years, I’ve served with the West Virginia Dep...

Metal Armor
Teenagers, with their indifferent attitudes, are notoriously hard on gear. Add slogging through rain and knocks along the trail while hunting, and a gun in a teenager’s hands can quickly look used and abused. However, after the two years my teenag...

The Forgotten Gobble Call
Jimmy Little is Jackie Bushman's right hand man when it comes to calling in wise old turkeys for the video camera. As a lifelong guide in Alabama and veteran Buckmasters cameraman, Jimmy has called in far too many birds to recall them all.

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Graying philosophical types (and writers fond of clichés) sometimes point out that "It's the journey, not the destination" that counts. It's a reference to how one should enjoy the chapters of the book of life, each and every one, long before the ...

Minnesota to offer limited moose hunt this fall
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Consistent with the state's moose management plan, the Minnesota will offer a limited bulls-only hunting season this fall.

OK youth spring turkey season gives first shot to young hunters
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Oklahoma’s youth turkey hunters have the annual opportunity to head to the woods a few days earlier than other hunters during the youth turkey season March 31 to April 1 in most of the state an...

Multi-Species Food Plots
There’s no question that the white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal in the country. According to the most recent survey of hunters conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10.7 million Americans took to the deer woods in 2006. ...

3 more CWD cases found in free-ranging Missouri deer
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri has received final test results from 656 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested earlier this year.

NH offers free workshop on turkey hunting April 21
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is available at the Fish and Game Department April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Pre-reg...

Purchase KS turkey/park permits by March 30 to save
From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- 
Visitors to Kansas state parks can save money by purchasing many permits before the prime park season begins on April 1. Permits purchased in the off-season — Oct. 1-March 31 — are valid ...

Ground Hunt, Ground Expansion!
-- Here in Ohio, I have found late season bow hunting to be just as exciting and rewarding as the November rut. That's when I harvested my 150-class 8-point buck, on January 28, 2005. I am a teacher and coach football, so I don't get into the wood...

Don't shoot culls ... WHAT? Is my biologist wrong?
We are on a game management program through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife. It started out 10-12 years ago to obtain doe permits to reduce the population of our herd. We remove the jawbones and send them off every year and get a report bac...

Hit or Miss?
I just want to ask your theory on the whitetail deer tail. I live in Maine. I shot at a deer, a 40 yard shot with a 30-30 Winchester with open sights, he tucked his tail and ran 60 yards, then ran into deep cover with his tail up. I found no blood...

Youth Hunters Influence Peers
-- The more familiar youth are with individuals their own age who hunt and target shoot, the more likely they will be to support and participate in these activities.

This key finding and others come from a major new research project commissio...

May 31 deadline for Idaho Super Hunt drawing
From Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- The deadline to enter Idaho’s first Super Hunt drawing is May 31.

 With every entry in Fish and Game's Super Hunt drawings, hunters get a chance at winning the hunt of a lifetime. Entry fees help support ...

NY rehabilitator, falconry exam applications due April 13
From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation -- Examinations for New Yorker residents who seek to become licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators and for those seeking an apprentice license to practice falconry have been scheduled fo...

Apply Before May 25 To Enter NH Moose Lottery
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- I

f you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time enter the annual lottery. The deadline for entering the lottery is May 25.

Why Won't My Slug Gun Shoot?
As a means of gainful employment, I shoot more slugs in a year than most of you will shoot in a lifetime. Every session is brutal, and many are fraught with mystery. There are, you see, myriad reasons why slugs go astray, many of which don’t ha...

New program manages land under transmission lines for wildlife
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- A new preservation program to enhance wildlife habitat on land underneath Ameren transmission lines has been created by the Department of Conservation and the energy company.

Wisconsin 2011 deer harvest numbers available
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Now that final 2011 deer harvest numbers and statewide deer population estimates are available, the Natural Resources department is asking hunters and others interested to attend a deer forum to p...
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